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six months after CABGx5

  • 1.  six months after CABGx5

    Posted 12-02-2018 11:20
    It's been six months since my event. Up until a month ago I was doing well. I'd even started going to the gymn. But lately I have more chest pains when I walk and my energy level has dropped. My blood pressure is excellent and my heart rate is low. Should I be concerned about more blockages?

  • 2.  RE: six months after CABGx5

    Posted 12-03-2018 05:26
    You should get to your Cardiologist today. That’s why you have him. Better safe than sorry!
    Joe J Ft Myers
    CABG X 3 2007
    Cryo-ablation Dec 2017 for Atrial Fibrillations

  • 3.  RE: six months after CABGx5

    Posted 12-03-2018 09:08
    Absolutely go see your Cardiologist.  Don't take chances

    Bill Voerster
    Assistant Regional Director
    Mended Hearts Inc
    Charlotte NC

  • 4.  RE: six months after CABGx5

    Posted 12-03-2018 09:37
    ​Seems reasonable to me to give your doctor a call and run the symptoms by him/her.

    Bob] Levin
    Berkeley CA

  • 5.  RE: six months after CABGx5

    Posted 12-03-2018 10:19
    A few things to keep in mind.
    1 we all heal and recover at different rates.
    2 In my situation, as i got stronger from my rehab I would progress to a point that I started feeling less energy and had to CONVINCE my cardiologist that I was over medicated. He made me wear a monitor and track my BP for a few weeks than had me reduce 1 Rx in half. within a few days I started feeling more energetic. This process was repeated 3-4 months later when I felt like I was loosing energy again. This time my cardiologist had me reduce a different Rx and a few days later i felt more energetic. This process continued and now I am only on 1 Rx (Atenolol 50mg/daily) for my minor Afib. My BP is good and more importantly I feel good.
    3 You have to be your own advocate because if you don't tell the MD how you feel when he/she changes your Rx he/she will assume you are OK based on the nominal doses for the average patient.

    One question/comment for you when you said your "blood pressure is excellent and my heart rate is low"...What's your BP and how low is your heart rate?
    Some people need a little bit higher numbers because we're different. In my case even though my cardiologist thought my numbers were great, they were just too low for me.

    My cardiac event began with a ruptured artery in my stomach(radiation damage from Hodgkins Lymphoma treatments 1979) losing 3 pints of blood, 2 cardiac arrests, 2 pulmonary embolisms(IVC filter), 2 days in a hypothermia vest followed 2 weeks later with open heart surgery to replace my aortic valve. That was 3 years ago but, I remember like it was yesterday, when I went through the Rx juggling to feel normal again.

    Bill Cekala
    Orlando, FL

  • 6.  RE: six months after CABGx5

    Posted 12-03-2018 16:47
    Hi Paul,
         Welcome to the group. I'm sorry to say but the fact that you are having continued chest pains, begs that you definitely need to be seen by your doctor asap, if not the ER. It may just be angina but it needs to be evaluated.
         Good luck to you. Keep us posted.

    annette smith
    saxonburg PA

  • 7.  RE: six months after CABGx5

    Posted 12-03-2018 18:25

    Let your cardiologist know immediately. Probably will run the EKG test (or a stress test) and will give you an idea of what is happening. The earlier a problem is diagnosed the better.

    God blesses you!
    Johnny Hunter

  • 8.  RE: six months after CABGx5

    Posted 12-03-2018 20:30
    Hey Paul,
    Call your cardiologist! Let them know what’s going on.

    Sent from my iPad

  • 9.  RE: six months after CABGx5

    Posted 12-04-2018 01:58
    We all have different reactions to pain.  I have a very high thresold level for pain.  Not necessarily a good thing.  I did cardiac rehab regularly, about three times a week.  No pain at all, seldom had to cut the sessions short.  Coming home mild angina, sit down goes away in 15 minutes, almost immediately with nitro.  After months (half a year or more) of this, I had a night where it started up, nitro went away, came back, nitro, went away, came back, 911.  Pain completely disappeared in ER.  Blood tests showed heart damage.  No pain.  More tests showed more damage.  Cath lab first thing in am.  Front artery (from 20 years ago CABG5X) 100% blocked.  Cannot rotorooter 100% blockage because they might go through the wall.  I now have good aorta on right, mammary artery feeding left side, rear fed by leg vein from CABG5X, and hope they will eventually compensate for the front if my heart.

    If I had reacted sooner to the angina in the front of my heart, they could have reamed out the artery and I would be fine.  Being a stubborn man and ignoring pain is not too smart.  Now when I do my rehab and feel the pressure in the front (rarely) I stop knowing my body has not had time to regrow the front blood supply.

    If you are having pain, be a sissy and get it checked.

  • 10.  RE: six months after CABGx5

    Posted 12-04-2018 08:58
    All of us that are on this site have gotten a second chance at life and we need to take full advantage of what we have received. We can all share and relate to each other’s problems and experiences but PLEASE go to see your cardiologist right away. Don’t ask for advice here. Your life and the quality of life depend on it.

    Tommy Broughton
    Mended Hearts Chapter 28

    Sent from my iPad

  • 11.  RE: six months after CABGx5

    Posted 12-05-2018 21:13
    You really need to contact your cardiologist immediately.
    I am responding a few days late so call your doctor.

    Marvin Keyser
    Weston FL
    (954) 384-3176

  • 12.  RE: six months after CABGx5

    Posted 12-19-2018 13:00
    Hi Paul,

    I'm just checking in to see if you went to the Dr. and if there's any news. I hope you did! Thinking of you.

    Andrea Baer
    Grapeville PA
    (724) 396-7820